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DAPL Pipeline loses to Standing Rock Sioux in court

Federal judge James Boasberg has twice ruled against petitions brought by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe that sought to block the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL). On June 14, Judge Boasberg ruled in favor of the tribe on a third petition. By Steve Hanley  In a 91-page decision, the judge ruled the Army Corps of Engineers […]

June 15th

Supreme Court hands Monsanto the farm

In a huge disappointment to organic food and non-GMO activists, the Supreme Court gave Monsanto a huge victory this morning. There had been some hope that they would re-evaluate the crazy notion that companies can patent life-forms. It is, after all, an idea that would have been laughed at by the founding fathers of this […]

May 13th

Uh oh… ending corporate personhood isn’t enough to fix our democracy

We’ve written quite a lot about the problems with the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, and how it unleashed a tsunami of corporate campaign cash that is swamping our democracy. (For background, see: The Story of Citizens United – Why democracy only works when people are in charge.) But writing at The American Prospect, writer/law […]

April 17th

Supreme Court upholds Endangered Species Act

The right-wing majority on the U.S. Supreme Court has been using its muscle to cut back on the power of the Federal Government. In particular, there are concerns that it made invalidate some of the broad authority the government has assumed over the years under the Interstate Commerce Clause of the Constitution. So it’s encouraging […]

November 1st